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Week 38 in review: Google Pixels anticipation, iPhone 7 launch aftermath

The iPhone 7 got released last week and this week we've been dealing with initial impression stories. Whining coils, scratch tests, home buttons inoperable with gloves on, Intel chips inside - the sort of things no keynote prepares you for. Then there was the curious issue of the shuffle button gone missing on iOS 10's Music app (hint: it's not missing, just hiding). And for the anarchists out there - the iPhone7 has already been jailbroken. With the iPhone 7 already out, the focus is gradually shifting towards the next big thing in the industry - the Google Pixel smartphones...

Microsoft Lumia 550 getting new update; 'Double Tap to Wake' not included

Microsoft has started pushing out a new update to its Lumia 550 Windows 10 Mobile smartphone. Carrying a firmware version of 01078.00042.16352.50012, the update is hitting unlocked Lumia 550 units, but - sadly - doesn't include an official change-log. However, according to reports, it brings along some camera-related improvements as well as improvements related to WiFi, Cellular, Bluetooth, and GPS. Some stability-related improvements are also there, as are some general bug fixes. Those waiting for the 'Double Tap to Wake' feature will be disappointed as the update doesn't include...

TENAA reveals vivo Y55A with octa-core CPU, 5.2-inch display

A new vivo smartphone has been certified by the Chinese telecommunication authority TENAA, revealing some of its key specifications. The device is powered by an octa-core 1.4GHz processor, and sports a 5.2-inch HD display. RAM is 2GB, while internal memory is 16GB, although expandable. In terms of camera, the handset features an 8MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter. A 2,650mAh battery is there to keep the lights on. Measuring 147.9 × 72.9 × 7.5mm, and weighing in at 142g, the Y55A runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. The TENAA listing reveals only one color option: Rose...

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2017) said to be in the works as well

If you recall, late last month, the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017) were reportedly confirmed. Now, according to a new rumor out of China, the South Korean company is working on another 2017 edition Galaxy A series phone. Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) The rumor, which comes in the form of a Weibo post, says that a Galaxy A9 (2017) is in the works at Samsung. Sadly, nothing else was revealed about the device, except that it carries a model number of SM-A9200. For those who aren't in the know, the tech giant has already launched the Galaxy A9 (2016) and...

Snapchat changes company name to Snap Inc., announces Spectacles

There are two big news coming out of Snapchat this morning. The first one is that the company behind Snapchat is changing its name from Snapchat Inc. to just Snap Inc. The reason behind this is that when the company was launched, Snapchat was its only product but now that they are branching out it makes sense to change the name to something else. Speaking of branching out, Snap Inc. announced its second product today, and that's Spectacles. Spectacles are a pair of sunglasses that have a built-in video camera in them with a 115 degree view. There is also an LED indicator that...

Presentation slide leaks Sony's Nougat update roadmap

While Sony has already published a list of devices that it says will be updated to Android Nougat, there has been no information on when the update will start arriving. That was, however, until now, as Sony Slovakia - during a presentation - has leaked the company's Nougat update roadmap. The slide in question reveals that the Sony Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ will be the first two devices to receive the update, something which will happen "around October." They'll be followed by the Xperia X and X Compact that will get the update "around November." Then December will see the...

Report says Samsung Galaxy Note7 India relaunch set for October 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 will be relaunched in India early next month - October 7 to be precise, according to a recent report out of the country. Interestingly, the new iPhones will also go on sale in India on the same day. The latest Galaxy Note, if you recall, was made official in India back in August, and was supposed to go on sale in the country on September 2, the day the South Korean company issued a global recall for the phablet over battery fire hazard. The Galaxy Note7 stock that will go on sale in India will be newly-manufactured, the report notes. This means that there...

Now OneDrive for Android also lets you create Office files

If you recall, Microsoft recently pushed out an update to OneDrive's iOS client, bringing the ability to create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files from within the app. Well, the app's Android client now offers the same feature as well. OneDrive for Android The feature is included a new update that has started hitting OneDrive for Android. Aside from this, the update also brings along notifications for real-time collaboration - users get notified whenever a shared file is accessed. And finally, the update also includes a new SharePoint feature allowing users to view and manage their...

'Samsung Galaxy On8' moniker spotted on Indian retailer's website

Flipkart - one of India's top e-commerce marketplaces - is gearing up for its annual Big Billion Day sale event, and as part of it, the company has put up a dedicated page for the event on its website. As you'd expect, the page contains all the essential details related to the event, but what caught our attention is the 'Samsung Galaxy On8' moniker that appears in the Special thanks to our partners section. This is possibly the first time we're hearing about a Samsung Galaxy On8, and with Flipkart listing it as partner strongly suggests that the device will be available for purchase...

Samsung Z2 now available for purchase in Indonesia and Nepal as well

Shortly after receiving certification from DG SDPPI (the Indonesian equivalent of the US FCC), the Tizen-powered Samsung Z2 smartphone has been launched in the country. The device carries a price tag of IDR 899,000 (around $70) there. In addition, the phone has also been released in Nepal, where it costs NPR 7,290 (around $70). For those who aren't aware, the phone is already available for purchase in India and Africa, where it carries a price tag of around $70 and $78, respectively. In India - where the Z2 was Paytm exclusive at launch - you can now also purchase it through...

Xiaomi Mi Box Spotted on a Walmart shelf

Today, Twitter user @garrettdotcom tweeted a photo of a Xiaomi Mi Box, an Android TV box that has 4K support with 60fps support, HDR-ready, HDMI 2.0a, 8GB of Storage, and 2GB of RAM. The box was found at Walmart on a shelf, for sale with a retail price of $70. @jasonhowell @androidshow @Ohthatflo @ronxo saw this Mi Box at Walmart today for $69. Was this released yet? pic.twitter.com/AsuNZeU5oJ— George Garrett (@garrettdotcom) September 23, 2016 Since its announcement, not much was known about pricing or when we could expect to see the Android TV box in stores. Reports pointed...

iOS 10.0.2 is released, fixes iPhone 7 EarPod issue

Apple is now rolling out a fix for the issues that some were having with the iPhone 7 and the lightning EarPods that came with the phone. The controls on the Earpods were spontaneously activing on their own, causing songs to play/pause, skip, and Siri going off on its own. This was happening with both the headphone adapter, and the new ones with a lightning plug. @scttor @siracusa @atpfm this seems to happen with my lightning EarPods as well, not just adapted 3.5mm headphones— Michael Cailler (@michaelcailler) September 18, 2016 The update also squashes a couple of other bugs...

Xiaomi Mi 5S pricing leaks, first camera sample revealed

Next Tuesday, on September 27, Xiaomi is set to unveil its latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 5S. This has been in the news a lot lately, as you'd expect, and earlier today we got official confirmation that it will sport a dual rear camera arrangement. So about that - wondering what a picture shot with the Mi 5S' camera would look like? Great, because as luck would have it, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun outed the first ever camera sample for the Mi 5S on his Weibo account today. Here's that image (click on the thumbnail for a bigger version). Xiaomi Mi 5S camera sample It looks great, of...

Google Home and Chromecast Ultra will reportedly cost $129 and $69

We heard about Google Home back in May during Google I/O, a direct competitor to Alexa, Amazon's smart assistant called ‘Echo'. Android Police reports that Google will sell the Home assistant for $129, which is priced competitively lower than the Amazon Echo, which currently retails for $179. Although, Amazon's Echo Dot 2nd gen is coming next month and only costs $50. The only caveat is that it needs an external speaker for playing music. Likewise, a new Chromecast Ultra (as it may or may not be called), is a 4K version of the popular streaming device which is said to retail for...

Android "whipping up something sweet" to celebrate Android's eighth birthday

Google has always loved to tease its fans. With the Pixel ad-teasers popping up all over, and its Pixel announcement happening on October 4, a new Chromecast, Google's home assistant, and smartwatches over the horizon, this new teaser could mean anything. We're whipping up something sweet for a big day tomorrow. 🎂 #Android pic.twitter.com/I4idH0F4am— Android (@Android) September 23, 2016 Android turns eight years old today. Android's Twitter account tweeted that it is whipping something up for tomorrow (likely for the anniversary, hence the cake emoji). The picture has the...

Galaxy S8 to have Exynos 8895 SoC with ARM Mali-G71 GPU

Samsung's Galaxy S8 will reportedly employ the Exynos 8895 chipset, which is still in development in-house. We've heard this before, but a new rumor today gives us some details about the SoC's GPU. This will be the ARM Mali-G71, in effect the successor to the Mali-T880 used in this year's Exynos 8890. The GPU uses ARM's new Bifrost architecture, which focuses on high-end 4K and VR experiences. So that earlier rumor about the Galaxy S8 sporting an UHD display might actually pan out. The G71 is apparently going to be up to 1.8 times faster than the T880MP12 inside this year's flagship...

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 catches fire on IndiGo flight

Samsung is now investigating yet another fire caused by a Samsung phone, however, I wouldn't put the blame on the phone just yet. We'll get back to why in a moment. A new report came from India where a Samsung Galaxy Note II caught fire and began to smoke up a passenger-filled cabin while in flight on an IndiGo plane. This caused India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to soon issue and advisory to encourage passengers to turn off all Samsung Galaxy Note devices before taking off. "We advise flyers to exercise caution while flying with Samsung Note devices. They should...

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe and Laser now available to order in the US

The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL and the Zenfone 3 Laser ZC551KL are now both available to order in the US, in unlocked form, from Amazon. The phones are part of Asus' confusing as usual Zenfone 3 lineup, which spans multiple devices having the same names. So let's see exactly what you're getting here. The Zenfone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL has a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 23 MP main camera, an 8 MP selfie shooter, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe Hilariously, Amazon is being confused...

Apple introduces the AirBag on Conan in a humorous video

Last night, on TBS, a mock Apple introduction video was aired on talk show Conan in response to Apple's patent filing for a new shopping bag to be carried out of Apple Stores. The video is definitely worth checking out for some laughs. "Thanks to the most advanced folded paper technology, and Apple's new W1 chip, Apple has the power to deliver the world's most intelligent bag." The "AirBag" features IR motion sensors, which automatically detects "moisture, weight, and fullness" and can transmit its status to your iPhone. The "AirBag"'s battery also offers up to 3 hours...